Climate change: fact vs. fiction

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IT IS GOING TO FEEL LIKE IT IS IN THE 20'S. HERE IN MAINE, WE ARE USED TO CHANGING SEASONS AND CHANGING WEATHER, BUT HOW MUCH THE WEATHER HAS CHANGED ON A LARGE SCALE IS THE TOPIC OF A HOTLY DEBATED ISSUE ACROSS THE GLOBE. MALLORY BROOKE RECENTLY ATTENDED A CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AT BENTLEY UNIVERSITY AND HELPS US SEPARATE FACT FROM FICTION. THIS CONFERENCE WAS TARGETED AT BROADCAST METEOROLOGISTS AND HOW WE CAN CLEAR UP SOME OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING ON AND ABOVE THE EARTH'S SURFACE. WE TOOK TO THE STREETS AND FACEBOOK TO SEE WHAT YOU BELIEVED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHETHER THAT IS FACT OR FICTION. GREG BARKER OF LEWISTON SAYS WHILE THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING, I BELIEVE IT IS DUE TO NATURAL FLUCTUATION AND THE SUN'S ENERGY OUTPUT. THAT WOULD BE FICTION. THE LATEST STUDIES SHOW 97% OF SCIENTISTS BELIEVE CHANGES ARE OCCURRING DUE TO HUMAN CAUSES.

IT RICHARD THE BACK TO NATURAL FACTORS, THOSE ARE VERY DIFFERENT TIMESCALES THAN WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW. OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS, WE HAVE INCREASED ABOUT A DEGREE AND A HALF FAHRENHEIT. ONLY A SMALL TRACTION CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO NATURAL THINGS LIKE ENERGY COMING OFF THE SUN. PAUL HARRISON SAYS HE NOTICED THE EXTREMES. THE EVIDENCE IS AROUND US. MORE SEVERE WEATHER CHANGES. DRASTIC FLOODS. THAT IS A FACT. WE CANNOT LINK ANY OF THOSE EVENTS TO CLIMATE CHANGE, BUT WHAT WE CAN SEE OVER TIME IS THAT WE CAN EXPECT AN INCREASED FREQUENCY OF THOSE EFFECTS. THIS IS SOMETHING WE CAN SEE ON THE CLIMATE SCALE. WE CAN SEE INCREASED PRECIPITATION, INCREASED. FREQUENCY AND PROBABLY SEVERITY OF THESE FORMS AS WELL. STEVE HALL OF WINDHAM SET VIA FACEBOOK, SOME WINTERS ARE WARMER AND SOME HAD SNOW. YOU NEED TO LOOK BACK AT HISTORY. LAST WINTER WAS COLD INTO APRIL.

THAT IS FICTION. ONE SEASON DOES NOT CHANGE MUCH IN THE GRAND SCHEME. CLIMATE IS AVERAGED OUT OVER USUALLY DECADES, AND SO IT TAKES A LONG TIME FOR US TO SEE SOME OF THESE PATTERNS EMERGING OUT OF A SINGLE SEASON. A FROM BRUNSWICK SAYS SHE HAS NOTICED THE CHANGE IN WILDLIFE. THE ANIMALS LIKE SEA TURTLES ARE GETTING DIFFUSED. WHEN WE GET A LITTLE BIT MORE COLD AND PUT ON A JACKET AND GET WARM AND TAKE IT OFF, ECOSYSTEMS ARE MORE FINELY TUNED AND HAVE A NARROW RANGE OF TOLERANCES FOR THINGS LIKE TEMPERATURE. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IS AN EXPLOSION IN LYME DISEASE CASES. MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE AMONG THE TOP THREE IN NEW REPORTS OF CASES AND 1990. THE REASON FOR THAT IS THE TICS ARE MOVING UP ELEVATION, THEY ARE GOING TO STAY IN AREAS WHERE IT IS WARMER. HE ALSO NOTES THAT NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND HAS WARMED SLIGHTLY MORE THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.

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